Summer Flowers

My garden is a spring garden. It comes on strong with bulbs then early perennials, but pretty much runs its course by June. I’ve been trying to change that in recent years, and have been adding more daylilies and daisies. Right now, they’re in their full glory. It’s yellow and orange out there! Best of all, they love it sunny and dry, which is the weather we’ve been having this year. I have several very large sunflowers which are still in bud and keep growing. They’re volunteers, either from last year’s sunflowers or contributions from the bird feeder. Each has multiple buds and one is taller than Mr. Math and still growing. I can’t wait for them to open.

Here’s a selection of pix from this past weekend in the garden. First the daylilies:

Yellow dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Russet dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Orange dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Two pix of the pink one, because I love its chartreuse throat.

Pink dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Pink dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

My favorite, the big red one. The deepest part of its throat is also chartreuse, but it doesn’t show well in this picture.

Red dayliliy in Deborah Cooke's garden.

This is an asiatic lily, not a daylily. I don’t have many of these left, because we have those Japanese beetles that devour the bulbs, but this one is lovely. It has a beautiful sweet perfume, too.

Yellow asiatic lily in Deborah Cooke's garden.

I had a lot of calendula, which is a self-seeding annual. Here’s a big patch of it which was starting to go to seed. I pulled it all out right after taking this picture and scattered seeds in the bed. That gives the other smaller things beneath it (in this case, a lot of stonecrop and some lavendar) a chance to catch some rays too.

Calendula in Deborah Cooke's garden.

The rudbeckia (black eyed susans) are already blooming, which is usually something we see later in August. It must be the heat. These self-seed as well, although they’re perennials. I seem to have them everywhere. Rudbeckia in Deborah Cooke's garden.

This is elecampane, a perennial which was grown in the Middle Ages. The roots and stems are supposed to be good for settling the stomach and were often candied in honey to make sweets for after the meal. The plant is enormous, probably 8 feet tall, and dies back to the ground every winter. Elecampane in Deborah Cooke's garden.

The roses of sharon are also coming into bloom, and also are early. Here’s a pink one which likes to self-seed.

PInk rose of sharon in Deborah Cooke's garden.

Pink rose of sharon in Deborah Cooke's garden.

And here’s a white one, which is a little bit less enthusiastic in terms of self-seeding. I have a blue one as well, but it hadn’t opened any blooms yet on the weekend.

white rose of sharon in Deborah Cooke's garden.

And finally, some echinacea, loving the sunshine. That monster sunflower is behind it – you can just see its leaves.Ecinacea in Deborah Cooke's garden.

My beebalm didn’t do as well this year. (Some of it was overwhelmed by calendula.) The phlox is out, but the picture didn’t come out well, and the hydrangea is in bloom, which should mean that we’ll get a hail storm. The lavendar and stonecrop are doing well, too, and next time, I’ll probably have some sedum to show you. My aconite is HUGE this year – I always thought it liked shade and moist soil, but it’s in full sun this year, the soil is dry and it’s got to be eight feet tall. Looks like I had its preferences wrong. I’ll share some pix when the buds open.

How does your garden grow this year?

In the Garden

So many of you liked the pictures of my garden that I thought I’d share some more. My garden is mostly perennials, which means it changes all the time. Each plant blooms only for a week or two each year. I like having the plants come back each year and also to see the garden change, week by week, as the season progresses.

This week, we’re on to the daisies. The painted daisies (Gaillardia) are doing really well this year, and I always have a lot of Shasta daisies. (They make more.)

Gaillardia daisy in Deborah Cooke's garden

shasta daisy in Deborah Cooke's garden

Then we have the lilies starting. I call these orange daylilies “ditch lilies” because they grow everywhere in ditches. They might actually be called tiger lilies. I have to evict a ton of these this year, so if you live locally, please let me know if you want some. They’re vigorous and pretty, but have spread beyond their zone. They are vigorous, to say the least, but very pretty.

ditch lilies in Deborah Cooke's garden

And there are other daylilies, too.

These last ones are Stella D’Oro daylilies which are smaller and repeat-bloom.
stelladoroI have some red and deeper orange daylilies, but it seems that the ditch lilies and the yellow ones come first.

There’s a late rose. This one is a Kazanlik rose. Evidently they’re grown to make attar of roses in eastern Europe. They have a lot of thorns but smell divine. The flowers look crumpled but they have a lovely colour.
Kaxanlik rose in Deborah Cooke's garden

It’s also getting hot, which means that the stonecrop is coming on. The pink one is called Dragon’s Blood stonecrop, which you know will work for me.



The milkweed is in bloom, too. This flower has the most amazing sweet scent!

The clematis are out, as are the pinks. In the first shot, you can see our beautiful tri-color beech in the background.




And finally, one of my faves, the lady’s mantle is in bloom. It had the prettiest chartreuse flowers.

Lady's mantle in Deborah Cooke's garden

What’s blooming in your garden right now?